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Some Not So Workout, Workouts!

So you don't want to workout, but you really need to... Here are a few ways to trick you bod into thinking you are doing just everyday tasks, while you get in an awesome workout!

Slim Surfin’
Time spent on your computer doesn’t have to be fitness free! If you have rubber playground ball, squeeze it between your knees to tighten thighs while you IM your friends. Or try this: Scoot your bum forwards a few inches from the back of your seat. Now, squeeze your butt cheeks together as hard as you can. Hold and squeeze for a few seconds, rest and repeat several times. 

Tone on the Phone
When your phone rings, take the call standing up. Just standing instead of sitting makes a big difference in how many calories you burn! Then, sit down and stand back up 10 times in a row during each call. Do that 10 times in a day, and you’ve done 30 squats – enough to seriously tighten your thighs! You can also grab a tennis ball and squeeze it in your hands, it will tighten your forearms and it’s a great stress-buster too!

Laundry Lifts
Do you ever wait to do laundry until you can barely get your hamper from your room to the washing machine?  Use those heavy clothes to your advantage.  Squat down, grab your laundry basket and pick it up, lifting with your legs, not your back.  Do the same thing in reverse to put the basket back on the ground.  Repeat this 10 times before you leave your room and 10 times once you get to the washing machine. 

Clean Dish Curls
If it’s your turn to empty the dishwasher, take advantage of the time to work on your arm muscles.  Do three bicep curls with each arm for every clean glass you put away.  Hold the full silverware tray behind your head (level with where your neck meets your head) with both hands and bring it straight up until both of your arms are straight, then bring it back down to the original position.  Do this 10 times. 

House Cleaning Hustle
You promised your mom you’d clean up your stuff, but it’s exploded all over the house! Focus on one room at a time and clean out everything you can find.  Sprint up the stairs two at a time and then run with high knees down the hallway to your room. Do butt kicks back down the hallway once you put your stuff in your room.  When you finish a room, do five pushups.  Once you’ve hit all the rooms, check around the house one more time.  For every thing you missed, do ten crunches.  

Streak-Free Squats
You’ve got the whole family coming over, so mom needs someone to wash the windows.  Normally, to get the bottom panes, you’d kneel down on the floor, but for a challenge, try seeing how low you can squat with good form.  Your knees should be in line with your ankles and you should be sitting up as straight as you can.  If you’re struggling to stay steady, spread your feet farther apart.  Try to hold the squat a little bit longer for every new window. 

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